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Damon and Pythias

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Damon and Pythias, 2 youths from Greek legend whose commitment, friendship, and faithfulness to each other was demonstrated when Dionysius, leader of the city of Syracuse, condemned Pythias to death. Pythias was permitted to leave Syracuse briefly to put his affairs in order while Damon offered to die in his place if his friend did not return. Pythias returned in time to save Damon, and Dionysius chose to pardon Pythias upon seeing the youths' demonstration of loyalty and friendship.

See also: Mythology.

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